Host Les Norman brings listeners the best in sports stories ranging from the biggest names in sports to the hometown ‘heroes’ you’ve never heard of. He also interviews some of the most fascinating people in the entertainment world, uncovering rare, behind the scenes conversations. Breakin’ the Norm takes an introspective look into sports and life.
Alex Duvall And Reggie Sanders
We see MLB superstars as the rich and famous, and sometimes ‘untouchable’. IN the case of former MLB slugger Reggie Sanders, there’s so much more than meets the eye. A huge supporter in raising awareness for autism, Reggie devotes his life to God, family and his foundation, which helps raise money and awareness in honor of his brother, diagnosed with autism at age 3…
Also on the show, one of my former students and collegiate baseball player Alex Duvall. Now teaching, coaching and writing for the online “Royals Farm Report”, AD now gives back to others and gives baseball fans the scoop on the stars before they become stars!
When you have dreams of being a major league baseball player, with the talent to back it up, you set your course and go! Sometimes, God has a different plan, and His route isn’t always the straightest…or easiest! Kevin shares his passion for God, his family, and the game he loved to play and coach, and how he’s using his talents to inspire other to a walk with Christ!
Mike Macfarlane, Johnny Damon and Jason Jacome
In this episode sure to satisfy the baseball Jones in your life, 3 veteran MLB stars (one a potential HOFer and 2-time World Series Champ) and former teammates talk the current state of baseball, how it’s changed, and a bit of reminiscing from their glory days as big leaguers!
Kayla Harrison and Laura Vorreyer
The only 2-time Olympic Judo Gold Medalist, Kayla Harrison knows what it’s like to reach the pinnacle, and maintain that designation; however, her battle wasn’t just in the athletic arena. Depression almost took her out, stemming from abuse in her youth. Now in transition into the MMA world, Kayla bravely tackles her next passion, while speaking out to help others in the battle!
If you are a parent/coach of a ‘sports kid’, you need to listen!!
I’m interviewing PA Strikers softball org. coach/president Tony Marsalo, who had his players fill out anonymous questionnaires. The question: “What do your parents do that makes you feel pressure, embarrasses you, makes you hate the game, or feel like you’re disappointing them” He then typed out the answers, keeping them anonymous, and emailed all of them to the parents….
Out of 80 responses, 9 were neutral, 15 were positive, AND 56 WERE NEGATIVE!! Here’s just a few….
“…they say stuff to each other and say that I should have done this or that, I can hear them. It makes me feel like I suck.”
“Sometimes I don’t even want to play softball because my parents like to yell at me after a bad day of playing and play the ‘Disappointment’ card.”
And maybe the saddest…
“…..I feel like when I don’t do good I fail them.”
Is this your kid? Is it mine? Coach Marsalo had a meeting after he heard of the apparent suicide by 13 yr. old Emma Pangelinan from Mission Viejo, CA, which was the reason for the questionnaire. The statistics in the US are STAGGERING regarding teen suicide, and parents need to be made aware!!!
KC Royals Fantasy Camp (Silver Team)
Billy Coffey was an aspiring young baseball player with talent and drive. Scouts and letters from college programs fueled an already passionate desire to play for the NY Yankees. However, an arm injury at 17 derailed those dreams, leaving him with the question we’ve all asked ourselves at some period in life: What now?
His ‘Now’ is his 9th novel, the critically acclaimed “Steal Away Home”, about a young man with 2 loves-baseball and a girl. One love ruined him, the other will save him.
Coffey’s down-home, Southern charm is evident in every novel he writes, along with his amazing storytelling ability. Join me on Breakin’ the Norm as I go behind the scenes with the smooth, Blue Ridge cowboy, Billy Coffey!
5’3″, 17yr vet NBA PG Muggsy Bogues talks surviving/thriving in a game made for big men, work ethic, growing up in the projects and the greatest day of his life w/the most inspirational person: his Mom!
Les and Kristin brought a very real, heartfelt, life changing and Christ-centered message. People are still referencing the impact of their ministry here at our church. I know that God is using them to confront issues in our culture today and bring true transformation.
Head Pastor, Faith Chapel-Spring Valley, CA
We are celebrating our 33rd year in business here at Heartland Tan….Our 2016 EXPO featured Les Norman, former Kansas City Royal…. Les brought a humorous, thoughtful, and timely message for our customers… a fresh personal perspective from Les was well received-we had numerous compliments! I really appreciated his related stories in context…..We plan to work again with Les in the future!
Co-Owner, Heartland Tanning
I really appreciate this follow up very much. It is difficult to explain how timely and how powerful the marriage conference was. Your transparency and authority in the Word of God was JUST what I needed. I appreciate this encouragement and I will definitely keep in touch!
Our men’s TGIW Bible study group was deeply impacted by the raw and real words of Les & Kristin Norman as they shared on “Living Beyond The Masks.” It was especially meaningful to hear both of them communicate the pain, as well as the forgiveness, which they experienced…
President & Founder, Character That Counts
Thank you for blessing the men of Mission Hills with your message this evening. I believe hearts were changed and wives and children will reap the blessings of husbands and fathers who came home different men tonight because of the gospel they received tonight…
Men’s BBQ Attendee
“I’ve known Les almost 20 years since our playing days in Cleveland. Les is a man of many gifts… baseball player, teacher, speaker, communicator, motivator, friend, husband, and dad.
A man of character God has used to impact so many.”
11 yr. MLB Veteran, Atlanta Braves Hitting Coach
Each time I have shared a speaking engagement with Les whether in person or on the radio I have come away with such a great feeling. Les is very professional, adapts to his audience, shares a great passion for his listeners and challenges them to action. Les understands the importance of his faith, family and the influence he has as a former major league player. He has set the priorities for his life and is doing a great job communicating his message to all of us.
Author "Keepers of the Sandlot"
Today was such a wonderful event – the energy in the room was palpable. I have received numerous emails this morning and afternoon complimenting CASA on the breakfast – and everyone mentions how touched they were by your story and your support for our organization. I can’t thank you enough for your heartfelt speech and wonderful endorsement – it made a huge difference today! Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration – I am so glad that CASA brought you into our circle! It has been a true gift.
Executive Director, Jackson County CASA
Les is one of the most effective communicators that I know. He has the ability to take a difficult or complex subject and break it down into practical information that you can not only understand, but, put into practice right away. Les speaks with conviction, compassion and knowledge. He balances his subtle humor with a unique sincerity and as a result, his entire audience will come away from their time with Les extremely motivated and personally challenged.